The EEC Crisis of 1963: Kennedy, Macmillan, de Gaulle and Adenauer in Conflict

The EEC Crisis of 1963: Kennedy, Macmillan, de Gaulle and Adenauer in Conflict

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This fresh look at the 1963 crisis in the western alliance following de Gaulle's veto of the British EEC application uses new unpublished source material to offer a fascinating insight into the personal relationships of the western leaders. It challenges the orthodox view, showing that the ultimate breakdown came after Anglo-German and Anglo-American cooperation to ensure that de Gaulle made the sole scapegoat, in order to isolate France within the EEC.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312220181
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/08/2002
Series: Contemporary History in Context Series
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Oliver Bange has taught and researched at the Institut für Politische Wissenschaft, Aachen and the London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Grand Designs and the Rationale Behind the First British EEC Negotiations, 1960-63
• Fundamental Questions
• Macmillan's Grand Design (1959/60) as a Starting Point for the Application
• The Main Obstacle: de Gaulle
• Quid-pro-Quo Deal?
• Differing American Ideas
• Kennedy's Rethinking: The American Offer
• Adenauer Takes his Stand
Part II: The Story of Adenauer's and de Gaulle's "Compromise:" A Fresh Look at the Critical Events of January 1963
• Nassau, a New Look at its Meaning and its Promotion
• Heath and the Atlanticists--Heath's "Big Push"
• Before the Veto
• de Gaulle's Infamous Press Conference
• The Ministerial Meeting--A First Dramatic Encounter
• Anglo-American Co-ordination Towards a Breakdown in Brussels
• Adenauer's and de Gaulle's Plan for a Compromise
• Hysteria in the Western Camp: The Days Between January 22 and 28, 1963
• The Breakdown in Brussels--Purely the Fault of the French?
• Index

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